Crystal Palace have signed Mali international Cheick Doucouré from RC Lens. The club announced: “Crystal Palace have completed the signing of midfielder Cheick Doucouré from Lens, subject to international clearance.
“The Mali international joins the Eagles on a five-year-deal as Patrick Vieira continues to strengthen his squad in the summer transfer window, following the arrivals of winger Malcolm Ebiowei and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.”
After putting pen to paper in south London, Doucouré said: “I’m very happy, I feel a lot of joy and a lot of pride to be a Palace player. I’m proud to be at Palace today. You know, Palace is a historic club in the Premier League, so it’s an honour to be a part of this club.”
“My game is not perfect yet. I know that I have to work. With humility, work and the club I think I’m going to reach the top level to succeed in the Premier League.”
“I know that the Palace fans [will] expect a lot from me. I’m going to work hard and I will make sure they’re happy to have me as a Palace player. I can’t wait to start training with Palace and meet my new teammates.”
Chairman Steve Parish said of the deal: “Cheick’s arrival is yet another statement of intent; demonstrating our ambition to further improve the squad this summer.
“We are extremely confident that Cheick will adapt seamlessly to the rigours of the Premier League. And that he will contribute positively to the squad. And I wish him all the very best for his time with us.”